The Full ISFA U18 Squad will be selected after the North v. South matches on Sunday 27th November.
"ISFA Week" at The FA National Football Centre, St. George's Park)
Sunday 15th January
ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS v. AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS
(Clifton College, 2.00)
Sunday 5th February
WELSH SCHOOLS v. ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry, 2.00)
More fixtures will be added in due course
3rd -7th April
(in association with Complete Sports Solutions)
MATCH REPORTS 2015-16
Sunday 8th May
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 1 ENGLISH INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 1
The later than usual date for this fixture gave the ISFA coaches a number of problems with many of the Spanish tourists withdrawing due to the coming week's examinations and a young team took to the field.
The outlook was soon even bleaker when a defensive error and some good play down the right led to the Scots taking the lead and, while the English had more possession and 11 shots on target in the first half, the Scottish keeper was not seriously troubled.
The Scots continued to defend very well in the second half and the ISFA boys became increasingly frustrated. However, on 75 minutes, George O'Malley was brought down in the box and Oscar Haynes Brown hammered home the equaliser from the spot.
Wim Van Der Schoot made a fine save to preserve the lead but otherwise it was mostly England pushing to win the game but unable to break down the Scottish rearguard.
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Thursday 7th April
ATLETICO MADRID 2 ISFA U18 3
ISFA U18s made it a complete set of three wins in what has been the most incredible tour. Playing their third game in three days, they ignored their tired bodies to put in an outstanding display of football.
Two first half goals from Conor Selwood and Oscar Haynes-Brown reflected the dominant first half. Atletico battled back well in the second half and an own goal put momentum in their favour. ISFA remained disciplined in defence and a breakaway goal fell to the star of the week Haynes-Brown to score his fourth of the tour. A rare mistake from the ISFA defence allowed the opposition to go one on one with the keeper who did well with the first but could not stop the second. This setup a very nervy last five minutes. The team's game management was, as it has been all week, excellent and they held on for a thoroughly deserved win.
Wednesday 6th April
GETAFE 1 ISFA U18 3
The ISFA U18's played their second game in two days against a well disciplined Getafe side. An improved start for the ISFA players really set the tempo for the match, with both teams having equal possession and a competitive battle in the middle third. Getafe were the more penetrative however the defence stood strong and limited them to long range efforts which were dealt with by Wim Van der Schoot and his defence. A close early effort came from a looping cross lead to Gabriel Seemungel producing an over head clearance off the line.
The game became more open and a good chance came following an impressive passing move which allowed George Knight to burst though and release Tommy Speed who struck the post but was deemed to be offside. With 10 minutes left in the half, Getafe took the advantage with an outstanding strike from 25 yards out into the top corner.
The second half was an improvement on what was already a good first half with fresh legs coming on and ISFA's pressing game starting to come to fruition. A poor pass back was latched on to by Oscar Hayes-Brown who drove to goal at pace and finished into the bottom corner. Getafe looked to respond but were struggling to break down the ISFA defence. The second goal came on the hour mark when George Knight played a great ball down the line and Oscar Hayes-Brown was on hand again to beat 2 defenders and hammer home the ball past the keeper. The game was finished when the best move of the match from a hard-working midfield managed to combine well around the box. Petcharat Chitopala released Rhys Norrington-Davies who cut back to Josh Riley who finished exquisitely.
Tuesday 5th April
RAYO VALLECANO 0 ISFA U18 1
ISFA began this year's tour with an extremely hard fought victory against a skilful and dynamic Rayo side who are flying high in their domestic league.
The match began at a fast pace and the ISFA team struggled to find any rhythm and turned over possession on too many occasions in dangerous areas. As a result Rayo had the best of the early chances and only an excellently timed challenge from Matt Price at the heart of the ISFA defence prevented them taking the lead. An encouraging sign was the threat the ISFA team carried on the break. ISFA grew into the half with a good defensive structure and the best of the chances fell to Oscar Haynes-Brown who raced through the Rayo defence but the goalkeeper did well to stand up and save with his legs from a well struck shot.
The second half followed a similar pattern and, without dominating possession, ISFA had a strong foothold in the game. The winning goal came from the best team move of the match where the ball was worked well through midfield and an exquisite flick from George Knight fell to Haynes-Brown in the box and, after his effort was smothered by the Rayo goalkeeper, Petcharat Chotipala was on hand to finish well with work still to be done. Rayo responded well to the goal and took control of the game but they could find no way past a well organised rearguard and, as time ran out, their frustrations got the better of them at times. That mattered little as ISFA hung on to record a well earned victory.
Sunday 20th March
THE ROYAL NAVY 0 ISFA U18 5
Victory Stadium, Portsmouth
ISFA dominated the first half of the match but were frustrated in front of goal, failing to score despite 13 attempts on goal. However, early in the second half, Oscar Haynes Brown rifled the ball home to open the scoring and he went on to hit four goals in total, with George Knight also adding another to complete a 5-0 victory which was thoroughly deserved on the balance of play. Next stop Madrid!
Sunday 7th February
WELSH SCHOOLS 2 ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 2
The New Saints FC, Oswestry
Having dominated most of the play in the first half, the ISFA players were disappointed to go into half-time a goal down.
However, just three minutes after the re-start, debutant, Rhys Norrington-Davies was illegally denied a shot on goal and Oscar Haynes Brown stepped forward to convert the resulting penalty. But the Welsh centre forward, Josh Maksimovic was proving to be quite a handful for the ISFA defence and midway through the second half he found himself one on one with the ISFA keeper, Wim Van der Schoot, and scored a well taken goal to restore the Welsh lead.
Van der Schoot was subsequently called upon to make a number of fine saves before Oscar Haynes Brown found himself on hand to react quickly in the box to a period of sustained pressure to earn ISFA a deserved equaliser. All of the players, in constant rain, represented their respective countries with much credit.
Sunday 10th January
ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 5 ENGLISH COLLEGES 1
The ISFA team rose to the challenge after the Christmas break against a physical England College side coming though as 5-1 winners. The team didn't get off to the best of starts after being warned early on. On the stroke of ten minutes the deadlock was broken when a long ball from the left centre back hit a big diagonal into the right forward who got in behind and finished well across the goalkeeper. After the goal, ISFA responded immediately and dominated the rest of the half with two goals from Josh Riley and Oscar Hayes-Brown.
The ISFA team didn't let up after the break and looked to continue from where they left off. Haynes-Brown was constantly a threat to their defence and should have completed his hat-trick but one was pulled back for a foul and the other was offside. ISFA finally created the breathing space when Ryan Doherty latched onto a ball in midfield and sprinted pass the defence to chip the onrushing goalkeeper for the third. The team pressed on and kept up with energy levels and looked to move the ball more effectively as the game grew on. The fourth was scored by Knory Scott when he pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box after a string of goal line clearances and smashed it home from close range. The last goal came from a short corner which was then swung into the box and caused confusion amongst the defence and forced an own goal.
So a good start to the New Year for ISFA and a good reflection on what the team had learnt from their St George's Camp back in December. ISFA lifted the Future Elite Sports Shield, the prize for this new fixture.
Wednesday 16th December
ISFA U18 0 WELSH COLLEGES 2
(FA National Football Centre, St. George's Park, 6.00)
In their first game together as a team at the camp it did take some time for the ISFA boys to get into a rhythm in the game. The match was played on the indoor 3g surface at St. George’s Park providing perfect playing conditions. The score remained 0 – 0 at half time with opportunities for both teams to take the lead. After the break the Welsh College’s side came out stronger, passed the ball well and started to look dangerous in front of goal. They converted 2 chances to take the victory and ISFA move forward to play Ipswich Town next.
Thursday 17th December
ISFA U18 3 IPSWICH TOWN 1
(FA National Football Centre, St. George's Park, 2.00)
Despite a very good start from the ISFA team it was Ipswich Town who took the lead when a shot hit the cross bar, bounced back down in the penalty area and was slotted home from close range.
ISFA dominated from start to finish in the second half, pressing high and moving the ball with great tempo creating many goal scoring opportunities. The deserved equaliser for ISFA came from Oscar Haynes Brown when his neat strike from 15 yards out hit the back of the net. ISFA’s second came as the half wore on through Ed Jackson who skilfully volleyed home a corner ball. A mix up in the Ipswich defence allowed Knory Scott one on one with the goalkeeper and Scott finished with an exquisite chip to seal the victory.
Sun 2nd Oct
ISFA South U18 v.
& Corinthian Casuals
Sun 2nd Oct
ISFA South U16 v
Sun 2nd Oct
ISFA North U18 v.
(Shrewsbury School, 2.00)
ISFA U14 & U15
Sun 6th Nov
ISFA South U18
v Essex Schools
(Brentwood School. 2.00)
Sun 6th Nov
ISFA South U16 v.
(City of London School, 11.00)
Sun 13th Nov
ISFA North U18 v.
Greater Manchester Schools
(Bolton School, 1.00)
Sun 27th Nov
ISFA North v South
U18 & U16 matches
(Repton School, 2.00)
ISFA U14 & U15
(St. George’s Park)
ISFA U16 & U18
(St. George’s Park)